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WRITER: Blake Sebring

Tailing the Komets: Players adjusting to new rules emphasis

As usual when the National Hockey League tweaks its rules, it takes every level of hockey some time to adjust. During Monday night's exhibition game, Kalamazoo's Lane Scheidl was hit with a delay of game penalty after he didn't line up to the satisfaction of the linesman. It's a totally new call this season to clean up an old problem. The NHL is emphasizing more faceoff violations this season (meaning players ...

Tailing the Komets: Team names captains

Since Will Weber is playing in Germany this season, the Fort Wayne Komets needed a new alternate captain, and today coach Gary Graham announced who is joining the team of captain Jamie Schaafsma and Shawn Szydlowski. It's veteran defenseman Cody Sol who is starting his fourth season in Fort Wayne. As Graham said off the cuff recently, "The guy bleeds black and orange." This decision was pretty much a ...

Tailing the Komets: Roster moves

Heading into Saturday's home-opener, the Fort Wayne Komets are making some roster moves to get ready for the Toledo Walleye. On Friday the Komets activated forwards Justin Hodgman and Tyson Fawcett from reserve and placed forward Taylor Crunk and defenseman Ryan Lowney on reserve. Now, that could all change tomorrow. It will also be interesting to see if former Komet Pat Nagle starts in goal tonight for ...

Tailing the Komets: Here's how things stand today

Talked to Komets General Manager David Franke and right now Tyson Fawcett and Justin Hodgman are on the Komets' reserve list. But the thing is that list doesn't mean a whole lot other than for ECHL salary cap purposes because either player can be activated at any time. In fact, either one could play Saturday night against Toledo and two other players could go on reserve. Hodgman has been battling an undisclosed ...

Tailing the Komets: The many travels of Nick Niedert

I noticed that Nick Niedert was released by Adirondack in today's ECHL transactions and it reminded me of this 2014 story about him. About the only team he's never played for during his amazing career is the Komets, though he came close one season as you can see by reading this story by clicking here. Amazing man.

Tailing the Komets: Shocking and sad news

Former Komets defenseman Mike Boland passed away Sunday at the age of 62 in Amherst, N.Y. He played only one year with the Komets, scoring seven goals and 46 points in 74 games as a defenseman in 1977-78. That was the season Gregg Pilling coached the team and they had a tremendous season, going 40-23-17. Boland was the leading scorer along the blueline. He moved from Fort Wayne to Hershey the next season for ...

Justin Hodgman hoping for rebirth season with Komets

About the only person who doesn't think Justin Hodgman's return to the Komets is a big deal, is... well... "It’s not different than any signing," Hodgman said. "They are always equally as important. Mine may be more significant to the fanbase, but it’s not compared to what we are trying to do as a team. I don’t want that to be any more of the focus." And he's serious, not just spouting the locker room ...

Tailing the Komets: One more player released

As the ECHL's regular-season roster deadline passed at 3 p.m., the Fort Wayne Komets decided to let one more player go. That leaves them with 20 players remaining on the roster — 11 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. The Komets have placed rookie defenseman Mitch Nylen on waivers. The former Sacred Heart captain was plus-1 with three shots on goal in three exhibition games, and he seemed to get ...

Tailing the Komets: Four trimmed from roster

Besides the official signing of defenseman Daniel Maggio, which you can read more about by clicking here, the Komets have released four players from their training camp roster. They are forward Phil Bushbacher, forward Stephen Pierog, defenseman Blake Thompson and goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos. Don't be surprised if any of those four show up later in the season as the Komets need bodies because of call-ups or ...

Taylor Crunk showing improvement in Komets training camp

As the Fort Wayne Komets head into their third exhibition game Monday night, Taylor Crunk knows he probably needs a good performance. He's a true role player who is always on the bubble. Role players are always worried because their spot on the team are usually tenuous. "I'm never going to get comfortable," he said after getting an assist in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Indy Fuel. "I love it here in Fort Wayne ...

Tailing the Komets: Three released ahead of last exhibition game

Heading into their 7:30 p.m. home exhibition game against Kalamazoo, the Komets released goaltender Sean Bonar and defensemen Don Olivieri and Brad Bourke from their training camp roster. That leaves them with 23 players on the roster. All three have contracts in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Tailing the Komets: Daniel Maggio coming back to Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne Komets' defense is getting a lot better and bigger in a hurry. The Komets received defenseman Curtis Leonard back from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Monday, but they are getting a huge surprise today with the addition of former Komet Daniel Maggio. As a rookie during the 2012 playoffs, Maggio helped the Komets win the Central Hockey League title. He came back the next year to play 43 ...

Tyson Fawcett hoping for big rebound season with Komets

Before the Evansville IceMen went dark after the 2015-16 season and then moved to Jacksonville, forward Tyson Fawcett was a total pest against the Komets. He scored 22 goals and 42 points in 72 games that season and earned the team's spot in the ECHL All-Star Game. He was particularly effective against the Komets, scoring four goals and eight points in six games. He scored his first pro hat track on Dec. 13 ...

Former Komet gave Ralph Cuddemi great recommendation

When Komets coach Gary Graham wanted to check out forward Ralph Cuddemi, he found the perfect person to call — former Komet Dave Smith. Smith, now 48, played center two years in Fort Wayne, and was a scrappy part of the 1993 Turner Cup championship team and the next season when the team returned to the finals. He recently became the head coach of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y., but ...

South Adams senior proves knee injury a long way from heart

This was supposed to be Isaiah Baumgartner's big year, an all-time great senior football season. After he was named to the all-state Class 2A team as a junior, every South Adams fan couldn't wait to see what he could accomplish as a senior since he was already the school's career leader in tackles for loss. Except his senior year on the football field never got started. While he was wrestling early last ...